Referees confirmed for Round Four

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It’s another blockbuster round with the unbeaten Crusaders taking on the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday followed by a crucial clash between the Chiefs and Hurricanes on Sunday.


Highlanders v Crusaders


Saturday 4 July, 7.05pm, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Referee: Mike Fraser

Assistant Referee 1: Brendon Pickerill

Assistant Referee 2: Paul Williams

TMO: Chris Hart


Chiefs v Hurricanes


Sunday 5 July, 3.35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe

Assistant Referee 1: James Doleman

Assistant Referee 2: Angus Mabey

TMO: Glenn Newman


In other refereeing news, there was a lot less whistle in round three as the penalty count dropped dramatically from the previous two rounds. The stricter enforcement of the breakdown is designed to create a fairer, faster and safer game, and that was on full display at Eden Park with a free flowing 80-minute spectacle between the Blues and Highlanders.


Penalty count by round:


Round 1: 58


Round 2: 49


Round 3: 33